Entertainment Weekly has reported that at a screening of Outcast for international TV buyers months back, Robert Kirkman recalled someone got up and left the screening due to the Pilot being “too intense”. Though not as “gross” as AMC’s The Walking Dead, Outcast will be far more disturbing and violent in its own ways. Robert Kirkman is hoping at least one fan in the audience at SXSW will be disturbed enough to walk out during the world premiere or he would be disappointed.
The Walking Dead shot a (zombified) little girl in the series’ premiere. If you think Outcast wouldn’t do anything as cruel to a kid in their premiere you would be mistaken. As a matter of fact, Kirkman claimed they topped killing a young girl in the premiere of Outcast. Those who read the comics know things got violent between Kyle and little Joshua.
For those unfamiliar, Outcast is based on Robert Kirkman’s exorcism comic of the same name. Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, a man who has been plagued with possession all his life. Kyle teams up with Reverend Anderson, a local preacher who has a background in exorcism. Kyle searches for answers on why demons have been targeting him all his life while helping those possessed.
The rights to adapt Outcast were bought prior to the comics debut. The Pilot was ordered just after the first issue was published and nine additional episodes were ordered in Feb. 2015. Outcast stars Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl, Almost Famous) as Kyle Barnes and Philip Glenister (Life on Mars) as Reverend Anderson. Expect Outcast to arrive on Cinemax sometime in summer 2016.
For more information on Outcast, check out the Outcast Wiki, home to articles regarding both the comics and the upcoming television series.